OCZ targets enterprise customers with Deneva 2 SSDs


— 6:00 AM on June 22, 2011

The folks at OCZ have made quite a name for themselves as purveyors of goods for PC enthusiasts, but we don't see them tackling the buttoned-down world of enterprise hardware all that often. OCZ's new Deneva 2 solid-state drives would appear to be an exception to that rule.

Based on SandForce SF-2000-series controllers and "enterprise-grade" multi-level-cell NAND flash memory, the Deneva 2 series possesses features that ought to make sysadmins happy—in OCZ's words, "power loss data protection, best-in-class endurance (e.g., minimal write amplification, intelligent block management and wear-leveling), and advanced encryption and ECC." The drives also have impressive peak performance ratings: 550MB/s data rates and 80,000 4KB random write IOPS.

OCZ is accommodating enterprise customers in other ways. Deneva 2 SSDs are purportedly "customizable," and they come in all shapes and sizes, with a choice of 6Gbps or PCI Express interfaces and 3.5", 2.5", or 1.8" form factors.

I'm surprised not to hear OCZ boast about the drives' warranty coverage—surely an important factor to consider when shopping for server or workstation gear. The company's first-gen Deneva drives are only covered for three years, though, so perhaps there isn't anything to rave about this time, either.

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